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Lent 4 Sunday morning

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near as practicable to the start of Lent.

 

Opening

    O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

    O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

    As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Praise be to you, Lord, King of eternal glory.

 
 

Lenten Acclamations For Reflection:—

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

During Lent these morning acclamations are taken from the Mass of the day. Any one of them can be recited as an antiphon before and after the psalm, or be simply the subject of a meditation.

     
 
  • Jesus, salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.
 
  • Having given us this “acceptable time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.
 
  • Tears of repentance will never stop welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.
   

 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.

     Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

     Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

     For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

     In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

     The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

     Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

     For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end.    Amen.

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

     Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

     Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

     I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

     My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

     You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

     Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

     Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

     For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

     My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

      I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

      Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

      My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

      Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

      I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

      I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

      I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

      As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.    Amen.

   

 

Reading — St. John 6: 1 — 15

 

The multiplication of loaves is a “type” (i.e. a pre-figuring), and a symbol of the Eucharist which is the risen body of Christ, promised to His members. “Your fathers ate manna and are dead…..I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eat this bread, they shall live forever. And the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

At that time, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is that of Tiberias. And there followed Him a great crowd, because they witnessed the signs He worked on those who were sick. Jesus therefore went up the mountain, and sat there with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. When therefore, Jesus had lifted up His eyes and seen that a very great crowd had come to Him, He said to Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat”? But He said this to try him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not enough for them, that each one may receive a little”. One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him, “There is a young boy here who has five barley loaves and two fishes; but what are these among so many”? Jesus then said, “Make the people recline”. Now there was much grass in the place. The men therefore reclined, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, distributed them to those reclining; and likewise the fishes, as much as they wished. But when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather the fragments that are left over, lest they be wasted”. They therefore gathered them up; and they filled twelve baskets with fragments of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. When the people, therefore had seen the sigh which Jesus had worked, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world”. So when Jesus perceived that they would come to take Him by force and make Him king, He fled again to the mountain Himself alone.

 

Hymn as a Prayer

      Jesus, salvation’s sun, shine bright in our inmost souls until night is driven away and day with its more welcome joys rises again.

      Having given us this “acceptable-time,” grant that we may purify by abundant sorrow the sacrifice we make of our heart and that our love may willingly consume the sacrifice in its flames.

      Tears of repentance will never stop
welling up from our heart, the source of our past sin, if the rod of penance break its stubborn rock.

      The day — Your day — is coming, when everything again begins to blossom. And when Your right hand has led us back to the way, may we too rejoice on that day.

      May the world that You constructed humbly adore You, merciful Trinity, and may we, renewed by grace, sing a new hymn of praise.   Amen.

 

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son,
“filled with the Holy Spirit”, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

Antiphon

Jesus was led into the desert by
the Spirit, to be tempted by the
devil. And after fasting forty days
and forty nights, He was hungry.

      Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

      And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

      As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;
 
      Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

      He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant

      In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us

      That, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

      In holiness and justice before him all our days. —

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 

      And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

      To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

      Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

      To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

   As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

 

 

Antiphon

Jesus was led into the desert by
the Spirit, to be tempted by the
devil. And after fasting forty days
and forty nights, He was hungry.

 
   

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
Amen.

 

Prayer

Grant us, we implore You, O merciful God, that we may use with sincere veneration, and always receive with faithful minds, Your holy mysteries with which we are continually fed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who Lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Closing

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.

Amen.

     
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